Bad HD or going bad Logic Board

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  1. cjordan230 macrumors newbie

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    So I have a 2009 Macbook pro 2.26 4gb of ram and for 3 months now it has given me issues with lagging and beach balling... It freezes when I type then catches up and finishes what I typed. I have done a reinstall 3 times, replace the SATA cable on it and still getting the issue. Now I have notice that a restart work for only a short time. I have clean the computer's files several times. I do notice it more in internet programs but that could be a coincidence. So in comes my question:

    Should I replace my LB or HD?

    Please tell me any info you have.
     
  2. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    If there's no harsh vibrations, clicking noises, grinding noises, groaning noises, or beeping noises, then it's your logic board.
    Chances are you did some static damage when you replaced some components a few years back. Static damage is unnoticeable for a long time, up to a year or more. It looks like that static damage has started to show its damage now.
    If I am right about the static, it's gonna be an expensive repair. If not, then it's a relatively cheap hard drive replacement.
    Do not take any action until you have identified the problem, or else you will end up wasting $50-150 depending on the HDD you want to buy.
     
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    I'd start with a HDD replacement first. It will be less expensive and easier.
     
  4. cjordan230 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I did my fix a month ago it was at my buddy's computer shop so static wouldn't be an issue but I may have bad sectors... How can I tell that?
     
  5. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Try defragging. It should show up as unmovable or fragmented.
    So do you hear any of the noises I listed?
     
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    Really the only way to find bad sectors is to pull the HDD and connect it to a Windows PC and run the DOS program SpinRite from www.grc.com. It's an awesome HDD maintenance and recovery program. I use it a lot.
     
  7. cjordan230 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I place my ear on the machine near the hd... I do hear something moving but nothing that would sound like a bad drive...

    Can a hd cause a freezing issue?
     
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    How do you defrag on a Mac?
     
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    Oh yes, most certainly it can cause freezes.
     

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